Belfast Telegraph

Advantage Republic after farce in the fog

By Robert Jones

Robbie Brady confessed to feeling mixed emotions after his goal gave the Republic of Ireland a 1-1 draw with Bosnia in their Euro 2016 play-off.

Brady's strike put Martin O'Neill's men 1-0 up with only eight minutes to go in foggy conditions in Zenica that made playing and viewing conditions sometimes farcical.

But although Edin Dzeko equalised just three minutes later the Republic will go into Monday's return leg in Dublin knowing that, with an away goal, a clean sheet will see them book their place in France.

It could, however, have been better if they'd managed to see out those final few minutes.

"It's a shame we didn't hold out, but it's a good result away from home and we'll take it back on Monday and put in a better performance and hopefully push ourselves through," said Brady.

"It's not a bad result, but there are little things. We could have prevented the goal and held out for the last 10 minutes.

"We'll take it home now and give it our all. We know they have some good players who can hurt us, but if we can keep a few of them quiet on Monday night and if we up our game - we need to play a bit better - we can qualify.

"It's a good away performance, a decent result away from home and we have a good enough squad to push us through - 90 minutes, one leg down and we go again on Monday."

The stadium in Zenica was hit by fog during the second half and Brady admitted that he struggled to see the ball hit the net.

"I barely saw it myself," he said. One of the centre-backs missed it. I was happy with the goal."

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